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2007-06-05 21:00:16

Drowned 50 years ago for progress and the promise of near limitless water, the town of Old Adaminaby has re-emerged from its sunken grave as drought ravages one of Australia's biggest lakes. The country's battle with climate change and the worst drought in 100 years was stark at Old Adaminaby as World Environment Day dawned yesterday: Looters picked through the relics of a bygone farming town on the parched floor of Lake Eucumbene. On the lake floor are the remains of an old truck,...

2007-05-17 18:08:05

An epic drought during the mid-1100s dwarfs any drought previously documented for a region that includes areas of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. The six-decade-long drought was remarkable for the absence of very wet years.  At the core of the drought was a period of 25 years in which Colorado River flow averaged 15 percent below normal. The new tree-ring-based reconstruction documents the year-by-year natural variability of streamflows in the upper Colorado River basin...

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2007-04-05 13:35:00

WASHINGTON - Changing climate will mean increasing drought in the Southwest - a region where water already is in tight supply - according to a new study. "The bottom line message for the average person and also for the states and federal government is that they'd better start planning for a Southwest region in which the water resources are increasingly stretched," said Richard Seager of Columbia University's Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. Seager is lead author of the study published online...

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2007-02-13 08:35:00

NASA scientists may have discovered how a warmer climate in the future could increase droughts in certain parts of the world, including the southwest United States. The researchers compared historical records of the climate impact of changes in the sun's output with model projections of how a warmer climate driven by greenhouse gases would change rainfall patterns. They found that a warmer future climate likely will produce droughts in the same areas as those observed in ancient times, but...

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2006-12-14 18:25:00

WASHINGTON -- The nation set a record for wildfires this year and climate experts say 2006 will probably end as the third warmest year on record for the contiguous United States. Drought and hot conditions contributed to the record wildfire season, with more than 9.5 million acres burned through early December, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. The annual climate report, released Thursday by the National Climatic Data Center, says 2006 will most likely be the third warmest...

2006-09-01 00:35:00

BEIJING -- The worst drought to hit southwest China in more than a century is spreading to neighbouring provinces with temperatures reaching record highs, state media said on Friday. The densely populated municipality of Chongqing and eastern parts of Sichuan province have been plagued by repeated heatwaves and have seen no significant rainfall since early July. The drought is the worst since 1891 when meteorological records began in Chongqing, now hosting a population of 30 million, and had...

2006-08-29 12:07:21

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Climate change may be one of the biggest threats to slashing poverty in the world's poorest nations and has forced the World Bank to reassess its development projects, the bank said on Tuesday. Studies have shown that climate change and global warming linked to greenhouse gas emissions will slash economic growth, development and investment in some of the world's most vulnerable and poor nations. "We are already seeing the consequences of climate change ... we...

2006-08-22 07:30:00

By Christine Stebbins CHICAGO -- As the United States bakes in one of the hottest summers since the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s, drought from the Dakotas to Arizona through Alabama has sharpened the focus of farmers on their lifeline: water. Eighty percent of all fresh water consumed in the United States is used to produce food. But years of drought, diversion of water to growing urban areas and, most lately, concerns about global warming are feeding worries. Specifically, farmers fear the...

2006-08-19 04:52:03

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Hot weather and a severe drought have left over 18 million people short of drinking water, damaged millions of hectares of cropland and reduced water supplies for millions of livestock, Xinhua news agency said on Saturday. The Sichuan basin, including the municipality of Chongqing in southwest China, is suffering its worst drought in over 50 years. Low rainfall and high temperatures have also hit a swath of central China. By Thursday, 18 million people in fifteen...

2006-08-16 07:10:00

GENEVA -- Rich countries have to make drastic changes to policies if they are to avoid the water crisis that is facing poorer nations, the WWF environmental organization said on Wednesday. In a survey of the situation across the industrialized world, it said many cities were already losing the battle to maintain water supplies as governments talked about conservation but failed to implement their pledges. "Supporting large-scale industry and growing populations using water at high rates has...


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Desertification
2013-04-02 09:46:56

Desertification is a form of land degradation in which a comparatively dry land area becomes more and more arid, normally losing its bodies of water along with its wildlife and vegetation. This is a result of a variety of factors, such as climate change and human activities. Desertification is an important global, ecological, and environmental issue. There is substantial controversy over the proper definition of the term “desertification”. The most broadly accepted of these is that of...

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